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After the Kiss Hardcover – May 4, 2010

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Grade 9 Up—Midway through senior year, Camille moves to Atlanta (her family's sixth move). She plans to simply go through the motions until she can escape to Europe after graduation. Meanwhile, at another school in town, Becca is jolted from the dreamlike state of her relationship with Alec when she gets in a fender bender and must find an after-school job to pay back her debt. The girls' lives collide when Camille meets Alec at a party, and, unaware that he is "taken," allows the haiku-spouting-but-athletic catcher to kiss her. At first blush, such a story line has the potential to play up every teen "mean girls" stereotype, yet McVoy elevates the narrative well above any predictable cat fight. Camille tells her side in stream-of-consciousness entries, while Becca speaks in free verse. The girls have distinct, believable voices, and the way in which they slowly become aware of one another rather than facing a direct confrontation shows that given different circumstances they might have been kindred spirits. Literary references and odes to famous poets pepper the pages. These are unobtrusive so that discerning readers will revel in their inclusion while others will skip over them but still enjoy the drama of the story. The result is a poignant tale of two girls on the brink of adulthood faced with real decisions about their future, who they want to be, and what role boys will play in their decisions.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
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"The girls have distinct, believable voices [in After the Kiss]. A poignant tale of two girls on the brink of adulthood faced with real decisions about their future, who they want to be, and what role boys will play in their decisions." --School Library Journal

* "The poetry is richly allusive, with particular entries smartly and self-consciously modeled on poems by Pablo Neruda, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens among others, and the imagery is often startling with an originality that exhales into a perfect aptness for the experience. This is more than simply a language-lover’s edition of traditional chick-lit fare, however; the back-and-forth interplay of perspectives calibrates the delicate edge between the poignant yearning for intimacy and the psychic need for separation, as Becca grows beyond a need to hold on to a love truly lost, and Camille lets go of the fear that’s driving her away from a love that might have a chance." --The Bulletin, starred review

"Vivid." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A love of language, literature, and the city of Atlanta, where [McVoy] lives, pervades her sophomore novel, a thoughtfully wrought coming-of-age story....McVoy's prose is confident and adventurous....A fresh, observant story."
--Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442402113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402119
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. VINE VOICE on July 18, 2010
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At first i just didn't think i could read this book. How could there possibly be any plot, any character development or growth, any connection with the reader when the story is written in such a strange format? Alternating between two perspectives and also between free-verse prose and poetry? How could anyone call this a NOVEL? My rule of thumb is i never give up on a book before 100 pages, so i stuck it out. I am SO, SO pleased that i did. I never before read a story that unfolds so beautifully, allows you to peer into the soul of the characters so fully, and is written so intelligently. This novel is a work of art. The quality of the poetry will astound you and the amount of story telling that actually comes across will really surprise you. For a unique and moving literary experience you MUST read this book. Be patient, i promise, it will pay off.
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Becca is just another high school senior, counting down the days to graduation and college and passing her time with her boyfriend Alec, the one guy that truly gets her. Camille has been dragged across the country and back again multiple times thanks to her father's job, and she's miserable in her new Atlanta home. Thoughts of her old home in Chicago--and the boy she left behind--won't stop haunting her. Camille doesn't know Becca, but she gets to know Alec...and when they share a kiss that Becca's best friend witnesses, neither Becca nor Camille will ever be the same again.

Terra Elan McVoy's striking second novel examines the power of one kiss and its many ramifications. After the Kiss alternates between the points of view of the two characters: Becca's perspective is told in many lovely, inventive, and diverse poems that are fun to read and showcase McVoy's talent nicely, while Camille's portions of the story are more emotionally grabbing. They are in second person, and she lacks capital letters. This style is unusual, but it embodies Camille's confusion and her detachment as a coping mechanism perfectly.

Though the girls have very few physical encounters throughout the book, their stories flow together seamlessly. Becca's new job, which forces her apart from Alec, helps her mature and the experiences she faces help her to obtain the confidence she needs to talk openly with her mother and plan for her future. In a world where everything is interchangeable--homes, schools, friends--Camille wanders around without any sort of purpose, but she finally learns to open up to others and slowly comes to the realization that goodbye for now doesn't necessarily mean goodbye forever.
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I had a hard time getting into this book at first. Each chapter is told from a different viewpoint--Becca and Camille's. Camille tells her story in what I guess is a journal form. There is no capitalization and not to much punctuation--there were a lot of run on sentences and it took quite a while for me to really be able to read it easily. Becca's story is in verse and I think was written beautifully.

While Camille didn't know that she did anything wrong by kissing Alec, I was definitely pro-Becca. Camille seemed just too moody and brooding for me. But with Becca, I could really feel how much she loved Alec and the beginning and then her heartbreak in the middle and her growth at the end. Her story was just beautiful. And Alec--blah. While I feel he might really have been sorry at the end, I still feel like he was such a jerk to both girls. I have no tolerance for guys like that.

But overall, once I got over trying to understand how the story was written, I was totally engrossed in the story and really enjoyed it!
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It was extremely random that I picked up this book. I had a completely different book in mind to pick up next, but I came across this novel when I was trying to make room on my bookshelf. I remember buying the novel, but it soon became one of those book purchases that I told myself I would read sometime in the future. And of course, I ended up forgetting about it. I hate neglecting my books like that, but sometimes some novels just get lost in the shuffle.

I am quite pleased with decision to read this novel, because I was looking for a light read that I could get through quickly. I have been reading some not so fluffy reads lately, and I truly needed a break. I feel like this read is perfect for the summer, even though the setting doesn't take place in the summer. It just gives me that vibe of being a summer read. ( Nothing to do with the fact that I read the novel out on my deck with the sun shining. pshh.)

One thing that intrigued me was the writing style that McVoy used throughout the novel. There were two character perspectives that she would flip between. The first one was Camille who was written in second person and did not follow the capitalization rules that we are all used to. The second character was Becca, whose voice was written in prose with the use of first person. I thought it would take me longer to grasp the two different styles, but there were only a few times that I had to go back to read a sentence or two over to understand what was going on. I know there are several books out there that have been written in prose, but I found it unique how this particular novel switched between the two contrasting styles.

My one pet peeve about the story line was how there was no confrontation between the two girls involved in the triangle.
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